The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD and the Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 is the longer of the two lenses at 122mm. The Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD with a length of 83mm is 39mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD has a larger diameter of 72mm compared to Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6's 71mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD weighs 300g, which means it is 160g (34%) lighter than the Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 which has a weight of 460g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Sony Alpha Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD and Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 has the same Sony Alpha lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Sony Alpha lenses are Sony A68, Sony A77 II and Sony A58.
Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD is also available in Canon EF and Nikon F (DX) mounts.
Tamron AF 55-200mm f4-5.6 II LD has a focal range of 55-200mm and 3.6X zoom ratio which has an effective (full-frame 35mm equivalent) focal range of 82.5-300mm when used on a APS-C / DX format camera. Sony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6 has a focal range of 75-300mm and 4.0X zoom ratio . When it is mounted on an APS-C sensor camera with 1.5x crop, it provides an 35mm (FF) equivalent of 112.5 - 450mm.